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Snowden revelations win Pulitzer for Guardian US and Washington Post

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The Washington Post and the US edition of The Guardian have been jointly awarded this year’s Pulitzer Prize for journalism. They won in the Public Service Journalism category for their work exposing the surveillance programme conducted by the USA’s National Security Agency (NSA), thanks to secret documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Snowden’s revelations revealed that the NSA had been conducting wide-ranging surveillance of American citizens’ emails and phone calls in an effort to thwart terrorism. Due to the sensitive nature of the information leaked, Snowden has been charged with espionage, and faces up to 30 years in prison should the American authorities catch up with him. He has been granted asylum in Russia, where he currently resides.

Reporters Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald from The Guardian US and The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman were the recipients of the award.

Their work “helped stimulate the very important discussion about the balance between privacy and security, and that discussion is still going on,” said Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.

As a result of the public outrage inspired by Poitras, Greenwald and Gellman’s work, US president Barack Obama imposed limitations on what data the NSA can and can’t collect.

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.